Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli is honored to work for WTOP radio, especially since he is an avid listener! Steve was bitten by the “weather bug” at the age of 9 when a massive blizzard slammed his hometown of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Fascinated by how predictions of an impending snowstorm could close his school without a single flake have fallen, he focused on learn about weather through reading books (including the Old Farmer’s Almanac), watching television weathercasters and listening to meteorologists on KYW News Radio in Philly. He practiced weather broadcasts from his makeshift studio in the basement with the supportive help of dad doing the camerawork. In high school, he honed his broadcasting skills further by doing the school’s daily morning announcements as well as play-by-play commentary for football, basketball, and baseball games on the school’s cable TV station.
He followed his TV weather dream to Penn State University, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in meteorology and draft option in broadcast meteorology. Steve landed his first TV job in the heart of “Tornado Alley” at KSNW in Wichita, Kansas, where he saw his share of severe storms. He then got his fill of snow in the “lake-effect snow belts” of Upstate New York while working as a meteorologist for WVIT/WBGH in Binghamton and WSYR-TV in Syracuse, N.Y. Steve also worked at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, where he also had the pleasure of visiting more than 100 schools in the Miami Valley to give presentations on storm safety and the career of a meteorologist. Steve also taught introductory meteorology at Penn State, West Chester University, and Broome Community College.
In 2008, Steve moved to Maryland where he was bitten again by the “weather bug” for an awesome opportunity at Earth Networks-WeatherBug as an internet broadcast meteorologist. He also provided forecast support for Major League Baseball and the National Football League before later promoting the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network as a product manager. In 2012, Steve got his feet wet in non-profit work and fundraising as general manager at WMET 1160 AM, the Catholic Radio station serving the greater Washington, D.C. metro area, before returning to Earth Networks as a program manager to supports Enterprise clients such as NOAA, NIST, value added resellers (VARs) and researchers.
When not behind the mic working for WTOP radio, he enjoys running, tennis, eating organic, being active at Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic Church, and spending time with his lovely wife and awesome kids who also ask him for frequent weather forecasts!